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How many years does it take to go from normal to the end of menopause?

How many years does it take to go from normal to the end of menopause?

The perimenopause: The average age of menopause is 52. Menopause is defined as one year without periods. The perimenopause is the period of time from when your periods become less predictable until the actual onset of menopause. The perimenopause does not begin before the age of 35 and usually does not begin until after 45. Perimenopause is because of fewer eggs, menopause is from the lack of estrogen. ...Read more

Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...Read more


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Pre-menopausal 55/f taking tylenol4 for chronic pain for several years. Recently after I take the meds my systolic blood pressure goes up. Is this bad?

Pre-menopausal 55/f taking tylenol4 for chronic pain for several years. Recently after I take the meds my systolic blood pressure goes up. Is this bad?

See MD: Great that you're keeping track of your blood pressure. Suggest you see your primary care doctor who can evaluate recent blood pressure changes. Blood pressure can be elevated for many reasons. You'll feel better knowing why it's been elevated and what to do. ...Read more

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Is it normal for menopause symptoms to last for 2 and a half years?

Is it normal for menopause symptoms to last for 2 and a half years?

Hot flashes?: If by menopause symptoms you mean hot flashes, then yes, it is common for hot flashes to last more than 2 years. Some women have hot flashes for 10 years. But they should diminish over time. ...Read more

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My endometrium lining is 7.5mm. And i had menopause 4 years back? Is this normal?

My endometrium lining is 7.5mm. And i had menopause 4 years back? Is this normal?

A little thick: Individual cases must be evaluated by a doctor. In general we expect the endometrial lining to be less than 5 mm in a post menopausal woman. Your obgyn can determine based on your unique history if an endometrial biopsy or other evaluation is warranted or not. ...Read more

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I get periods every 3 weeks instead every 4weeks as before, 4the last few years now, is this normal? And is it a sign of menopause approachin, I am 38

I get periods every 3 weeks instead every 4weeks as before, 4the last few years now, is this normal? And is it a sign of menopause approachin, I am 38

21-35 days : It is normal to have a period every 21-35 days. There are many options to decrease menstrual bleeding and regulate your cycle. Birth control methods will help. Lysteda is a non hormonal medication. If you are done having children an endometrial ablation can be an option. ...Read more

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Is brown discharge years after menopause normal?

Is brown discharge years after menopause normal?

No: Brown discharge suggests light bleeding that is not normal years after menopause. You need a complete exam, possibly ultrasound and biopsy of the linning of the uterus. ...Read more

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Is this normal? I have a period after 2 years of menopause?

No. See GYN: This is post menopausal bleeding which is not normal. It may be from endometrial polyp, hyperplasia, endometrial or cervcal cancer or fibroids. Please see a gyn dotor for appropriate evaluation. ...Read more

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I've not experienced the symptom as my friends except weight gain. Is this normal? I've think been in menopause almost 4 years. I have gain considerable weight, but that may be a combination of menopause, stopping smoking, and medications. My friends,

I've not experienced the symptom as my friends except weight gain.  Is this normal? I've think been in menopause almost 4 years.  I have gain considerable weight, but that may be a combination of menopause, stopping smoking, and medications.  My friends,

Not sure of the ?: You should resubmit in a shorter form. Weight gain is common after both menopause and stopping smoking (congrats!) but is usually 5-10 lbs. If you have gained considerable weight, this is not healthy for you, and diet and exercise should be the starting point. Many medications that cause weight gain may have alternatives that have less of that. Talk to your doctor about that and about weight loss. ...Read more

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I have pmdd and i take a ssri to minimize symptoms. Will I have to take ssri until i enter menopause? I'm 26 years old.

That is a : Possibility. At some point a trial can be done, tapering off medication to see if the sxs reappear. ...Read more